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Specifications

Mechanical Specifications

Engine Specifications

Transmission Specifications

Speed Specifications

Torque Specifications

Structural Specifications

Chassis Dimensions

Body Dimensions


Weight Specifications

1980-1984 (North America)

With A/C and manual trans: 2,236 - 2,276 pounds


1984.5-1985 (North America)

With A/C and manual trans: 2,276 pounds


1986-1987 (North America)

With A/C and manual trans: 2,254 pounds


1988-1993 (Worldwide)

With A/C and manual trans: 2,330 pounds


Engine

8V: 120 pounds

16V: 160 pounds


Transmission

020: 75 pounds


Seats

Front bucket seat: 35 pounds

Front sport bucket with height adjust: 37 pounds

Rear seat: ?


Body Parts

North American aluminum bumper (solid brackets): 22 pounds

North American bumper over-rider: 5 pounds

Clipper kit front bumper: 41 pounds

Clipper kit rear bumper: 46 pounds

Clipper kit side skirts (pair): 5.5 pounds

Clipper kit fender flares (set): 5 pounds

Convertible top & frame: ?

Shell, as depicted here: 950 pounds


Full Tank of Fuel

10.6 gallons: 67 pounds

13.8 gallons: 87 pounds



Towing Specifications

The following information is what Volkswagen stipulated when these cars were new (i.e. before their warranties ran out).  Tow at your own risk.

Flat-towing Your Cabriolet

If towing long-distance or if the limits must be exceeded, use a tow dolly or flatbed, especially if the car has an automatic transmission.  Failure to do so could result in damage to the automatic transmission.


Towing Your Cabriolet on a Tow Dolly


Towing with Your Cabriolet

Volkswagen recommends that you not use your Cabriolet as a tow vehicle.  If you must use your Cabriolet as a tow vehicle, Volkwagen stipulates the following:


Tow hitch suppliers:

U-Haul

JC Whitney


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For comparison purposes: Original Euro, no frills GTI hard-top weighed 1850 lbs.; USA no frills GTI weighed 2011 lbs.